When I Thought I Lost Me to ME

Republished on MSN.com

For years now, I’ve dreamed of being healthy again. I know I may never be, but I will continue to dream for it.  I also know that for years that I no longer felt like myself. I felt lost in the pain, the disease, the uncertainty of it all.

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Lisa Alioto
Learning to Dance in the Rain of Chronic Illness

When I was in high school, college and beyond I loved to dance. Anywhere, anytime. Give me a decent beat and the smallest of spaces and you would have found me at the very least doing a little jig. Give me a dance floor and I was in my element. The rhythm of the music carried me away to my happy place. Then came myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).

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Lisa Alioto
The Choices You Have as a Chronic Illness Warrior

Life is full of constant choices. Some are small and meaningless and others are life-changing. The key and beauty of it all is that there is an abundance of daily choices. Every day presents a fresh set of choices and it is up to each one of us to choose our day and what impact on the world we will or won’t make with them.

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Lisa Alioto
Support myalgic encephalomyelitis research and funding

St. Cloud Times

Do you believe cancer exists? That heart attacks happen? Or that an aneurysm can kill you?  That Alzheimer’s really causes memory loss? Or that strokes can cause paralysis? Of course you do — they exist and they happen, sadly, every day.

Do you know what else happens every day though? Myalgic encephalomyelitis. 

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Lisa Alioto
10 Tips That Just Might Help If You Live With Chronic Illness

After a year of living with a chronic illness, I’ve learned you can never fully predict your day, the challenges that lie ahead and how the loss of control that comes with all of that can be very frustrating (especially for us type A personalities!). However, I have also learned there is a lot you can do to place the odds of a good or better day in your favor.

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Lisa Alioto
With Chronic Illness, My Spirit May Be Genuine but My Smile Is Fake

When you see me, I will always smile, ask you how you are and share a kind word or compliment. If you are sad, I will listen; if you are happy, I am happy for you. In fact, I love people, listening to them, helping them and bringing happiness to their lives when I can. All of this is the essence of who I am and is all very genuine. Except for one thing.

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Lisa Alioto